WMU News

Trustees praise President Floyd's leadership

Oct. 29, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University trustees thanked President Elson S. Floyd for his outstanding leadership and many accomplishments over the past year as part of their annual review of his presidency.

"This may sound somewhat repetitive, and it is, but your consistently strong performance moves us to repeat our praise," noted Board Chairperson Richard Y. St. John, who delivered the evaluation on behalf of the trustees at the board's Oct. 26 meeting.

Included among the accomplishments noted by the trustees were: the Wireless Western project; the successful kick-off of the centennial capital campaign; progress made in developing the Business Technology and Research Park; the planned College of Health and Human Services; and continued enrollment growth. The board also thanked Floyd's wife, Carmento, for all that she does on behalf of the University.

"Thank you for three outstanding years. Your work is much appreciated and we look forward to the years to come," concluded the formal statement.

Acting at its regular meeting, the board unanimously approved the formal evaluation of Floyd, boosted his salary to $220,000 for the 2001-02 fiscal year and extended his contract through July 31, 2006. The 4.76 percent salary increase is retroactive to the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

Floyd became the sixth president of WMU on Aug. 1, 1998. Since he took office, the University has grown to nearly 29,000 students and ranks among the state's top four public universities on virtually every measure of quality and success.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 616 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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